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Customized Costume Jewelry (#ArtofY)

Alex Schattner | Posted 09.01.2014 | Style
Alex Schattner

When Katie launched Three Jane in 2012, she had a singular item, the Map Necklace, and a dream of merging new luxury with customization.

Less Hassle: You Can Borrow $5,000 to $350,000 Based Upon a New Credit-Scoring Model

Jerry Chautin | Posted 08.31.2014 | Small Business
Jerry Chautin

That could be a big deal for entrepreneurs nationwide who need small amounts of funding to start, expand or buy a business. In some instances, it may even be used to refinance existing debt if it is burdensome to your business success.

Best SEO Practices: Avoid the Dreaded Google Penalty

Jonathan Long | Posted 08.31.2014 | Small Business
Jonathan Long

Nobody can completely predict what Google will do next, but you can take steps to keep your website as safe as possible.

Where Small Business Security Stands Today - A 2014 Survey

Joe Ross | Posted 08.31.2014 | Small Business
Joe Ross

Small business (SMB) cyber security is a hot topic for us. On a weekly basis, we at CSID see many SMBs dealing with the aftereffects of getting breached and losing sensitive information.

Protecting Your Online Business Presence

Genavieve Shingle | Posted 08.31.2014 | Business
Genavieve Shingle

What many online business owners do not realize is that there are legal requirements for having an online presence. The two most common documents needed are "Terms & Conditions" and a "Privacy Policy."

Four Ways to Protect Your Family Relationships and Your Business

Lisa Honey | Posted 08.31.2014 | Small Business
Lisa Honey

Relationships are complicated, familial or otherwise. And while we can't prevent the fight over burnt casseroles at Thanksgiving dinner, we can mitigate the hurt and potential costly effects of bad blood over businesses.

Digital Marketing Mailbag - Your Questions Answered

Sajeel Qureshi | Posted 08.27.2014 | Small Business
Sajeel Qureshi

Welcome to the Digital Marketing Mailbag! Thank you to everyone that asked a question and some will be used in future columns as well. Feel free to submit questions for future mailings! Otherwise I will have to pull them from my fake inbox.

Did Facebook Break The Law?

Gene Marks | Posted 08.31.2014 | Small Business
Gene Marks

So what's the lesson? The era of big data is upon us and this is a good thing. The more companies know about me, the better and more tailored services they can deliver to me. But don't change the service you promised just for the purpose of collecting my data!

The Art of Persuasive Storytelling

Vala Afshar | Posted 08.31.2014 | Business
Vala Afshar

"Your ability to shape your future depends on how well you communicate where you want to be when you get there. When ideas are communicated effectivel...

Not Investing in Employee Training Is Risky Business

Emad Rizkalla | Posted 08.30.2014 | Business
Emad Rizkalla

When it comes to employee training, some small businesses are torn. They want their workers to be well equipped and productive, but they fear that these newly trained folks will desert them for higher-paying jobs at larger companies.

Why Your Business Needs an Email List -- and How to Get Started

Syed Balkhi | Posted 08.30.2014 | Small Business
Syed Balkhi

Although not everyone will read every single email you send them (we all get busy!), most people are much more likely to read their emails than to read every update that comes their way on Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn.

What to Do When You Start Making Money in a Startup

Jose Vasquez | Posted 08.30.2014 | Small Business
Jose Vasquez

Once your company starts making a profit, it's time to redefine your goals and set a direction for accelerating your next stage of growth or establishing yourself more firmly in your niche.

What Digital Marketing Tool to Use and When

Sajeel Qureshi | Posted 08.26.2014 | Small Business
Sajeel Qureshi

You don't unscrew a nail with a chainsaw (at least when you're sober). Below is what small businesses must understand about the key digital tools available.

Passing the Health Care Buck

Katie Vlietstra | Posted 08.25.2014 | Small Business
Katie Vlietstra

The addition of this new health care tax will add to the operating costs of the small business community in Washington, D.C. It's not unreasonable to assume that this new tax on health insurance carriers is going to be passed along to the individual policyholder's premium costs.

What's in Your Mailbox? Tips on What to Do When Uncle Sam Comes Knocking

Steve Mariotti | Posted 08.25.2014 | Money
Steve Mariotti

Every year, one in 10 of us receives the dreaded letter. You know the one -- and you probably don't want to open it: the IRS requesting more information about your finances.

5 Mistakes That Cause Poor Email Marketing Performance

Jonathan Long | Posted 08.25.2014 | Small Business
Jonathan Long

Email marketing is still very effective when done correctly, but many businesses are watching their open rate tank because of careless mistakes.

When Her Search For This Service Came Up Empty-Handed, She Created A Company That Could Do The Job – Now Her Business Is Nationwide!

Posted 06.25.2014 | MarloThomas

"One of the reasons I started my website is that I wanted a place for women to come together and dream. We women need to know that we don't have to ha...

The Story Behind Brooklyn Kids Clothing Line Zaikamoya

Sarah Stodola | Posted 08.24.2014 | New York
Sarah Stodola

Kasia Pysiak's new line of children's apparel is everything kids clothes usually aren't: subtle, durable, and minimalist. It's a counterintuitive, no-frills approach to letting kids shine that we find so refreshing.

8 Ways to Build an Epic Business Idea

Bobby Umar | Posted 08.24.2014 | Business
Bobby Umar

Before you quit your day job, invest tons of cash and try desperately to get on Shark Tank, only to be embarrassed by them, you may want to engage in a few gut-checks.

Car Wars: Why Uber's Main Competitor Takes a Back Seat

David Fagin | Posted 08.24.2014 | Business
David Fagin

While my experience as an Uber driver lasted several months, my time with Lyft lasted all of about a week -- until I was fired.

Plum Alley: Connecting Women With Money

Colleen DeBaise | Posted 08.24.2014 | Small Business
Colleen DeBaise

Deborah Jackson spent 20 years on Wall Street, raising money for clients. Now, she's helping female entrepreneurs raise startup capital via Plum All...

10 Sizzling Summer Reading Picks to Grow Your Small Business

Melinda Emerson | Posted 08.24.2014 | Small Business
Melinda Emerson

As much as we'd like to take the entire summer off, planning and building our business empires is an engine that needs to be fed to stay on track. Thanks to modern technology, we can conveniently bring all of our summer reading to the beach or pool.

Things a Business Owner Never Says

Sajeel Qureshi | Posted 08.24.2014 | Small Business
Sajeel Qureshi

Spend enough time at a playground and you'll notice that kids are envious of each other. Small kids want size, skinny ones want bulk and they all want to play with the kid who has the Mr. T 3-wheeler. This envy continues in the workplace.

Don't Be 'a Victim of Disorganized Thinking' -- Keep More of Your Hard-earned Cash

Mark Steber | Posted 08.24.2014 | Business
Mark Steber

As soon as you start thinking about starting a business, you should begin tracking your expenses -- whether you use an app, a notebook or go the old-school route and use shoeboxes, be sure to keep receipts and cancelled checks.

Are You Failing Your Business

Marta Segal Block | Posted 08.24.2014 | Small Business
Marta Segal Block

What J fails to recognize are her two fatal errors and these errors are common to so many small businesses in so many fields.